Northwood-Kensett teacher placed on leave after arrest for drugs

Published 2:37 pm Monday, November 19, 2018

A Northwood-Kensett Community School District teacher was placed on administrative leave after she was one of three people arrested for drug possession Saturday.

Sara Fenske

Sara Fenske, 27, of Northwood was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession, marijuana possession and meth possession. She is a high school family and consumer science teacher.

A Northwood-Kensett district press release noted the arrest and said she was “immediately placed on administrative leave and substitute teachers were secured to take care of our students while law enforcement and school officials investigate further.”

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“Our hiring and employment processes comply with all state and federal requirements, including conducting background checks of all employees prior to employment,” the press release stated. “We ask for your patience and understanding while the investigation occurs. Rest assured that your children are safe and well-cared for at Northwood-Kensett.”

According to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office, Fenske; Joya Salzkorn, 23, of Hartley, Iowa; and Taylor Pohar, 22, of Milford, Iowa, were arrested after Worth County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a search warrant at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 906 N. Third Ave. in Northwood. As a result of the search, several items of drug paraphernalia, meth, marijuana, prescription pills unaccompanied by a valid prescription and a handgun were found.

Salzkorn was arrested for unlawful prescription pills possession, marijuana possession and controlled substance possession; and Pohar was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession, marijuana possession, meth possession and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.


See what happened over the weekend in the PM report here.

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